BISMARCK, N.D. — A leak that spilled more than 25,000 gallons of crude oil in McKenzie County took 2 weeks to be announced to the public. The company reported the spill to state and federal agencies the same day, but the health department didn’t tell the public until Thursday because there was “confusion” over which state agency had the responsibility to send the news release.
The spill was discovered April 28 about 11 miles southeast of Keene and was reported to the National Response Center and the North Dakota Industrial Commission according to reports. On 5/11/2017, the public was notified.
This raises the question about transparency and the public’s safety. Recently, ETP, the company that brought you the Dakota Access Pipeline was caught attempting to down play their own disasters in Ohio. They also notified us this week of the DAPL leak, that happened a month ago in South Dakota.
We ask how this is possible. In an area that claims “safety first” apparently puts the news last. We will continue to follow this story.
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